Soyinka has voiced out his desire to vacate public life. He spoke at a symposium to mark the 45th birthday of the National President of Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin held at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, South West Nigeria on Monday.
“I have absolutely no sense of regret if I declare at this point that you won’t see me in the public again and what is wrong with that?” he stated, adding that people like Joe Okei-Odumakin had shown that people are still around to continue in the struggle to liberate Nigeria.
“Joe Odumakin is faithful to the cause. I have had the pleasure of sharing tear gas with her and I looked forward to sharing an enduring achievement with her. You are the legacy,” he added.
Soyinka also lamented that some legislators in Nigeria earned more than the President of China with nothing to show for it and without being creative, adding that “look at China’s economy, look at her productivity and innovation.”
The Nobel laureate further said he feels sick whenever Nigerians fail to turn out in millions to march against injustice, saying that even a small country like Syria could produce over a million people coming to march against the government rather than around 1, 000 people staging a march in Nigeria with a population of over 150 million people.
“There can’t be too much march against injustice if not backed up by the population. Nigerians, let us march for injustice,” he said.